Villa Le Maschere
What We Love
- Daily buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Original art throughout, from carved stone masks to historic frescoes
- The two alfresco pools overlooking the Tuscan countryside
- Enjoying a rich Chianti in the villa’s cellar bar
- Set on 45 acres of exquisite parkland
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $5 per person per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Easy 45-minute drive from Florence — and the rest of Tuscany — so you can daytrip everywhere from the Uffizi Gallery to the Chianti wine region
- Service by the pools leaves much to be desired; bring a towel, and arrive early
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Villa le Maschere features exquisite architecture matched by its prestigious guest list. Kings, queens, popes, artists and Italian noblemen have all warmed the beds here, and it’s easy to see why: this 16th-century villa captures the best of Tuscan culture, and history. Carved masks, made from local pietra serena stone, grace the façade, offering an intriguing taste of what awaits within. The spacious, airy villa reveals historical surprises around every corner: frescoes by painter Francesco Furini, detailed floral reliefs, and Majolica ceramics dating from the Renaissance and Venetian tiling.
Bed and Bath
Each of the 65 guestrooms and suites is individually decorated, with a striking color scheme, from periwinkle to lemon. Elegant and Superior rooms have distinctive beds, upholstered or lacquered wooden headboards and signature Tuscan-colored armchairs and curtains. While the villa is impressively historic, modern conveniences haven’t been sacrificed. Rooms come with high-end TVs, free WiFi, designer toiletries and fluffy robes. The white marble bathrooms — spacious, with classic arches and moldings – could double as a Parisian pied-à-terre.
If you’ve come to Italy to indulge in the cuisine, Villa le Maschere doesn’t disappoint. You can dine on traditional Tuscan dishes, including pasta slathered in meaty swordfish and black olives, at PioppoNero, where you can eat out on the terrace or sip vino amid the restored brick vaults of the cellar bar, DivinVino. Il Cancello di Ghiereto is the setting for a lavish buffet breakfast, and for serious food lovers there are cooking classes (including wine pairing) with the chef. In the ancient vaults of the villa there’s a wellness center with a lengthy treatment list that makes use of a sauna, a Turkish bath and a Jacuzzi. Its stone arches look out over the inviting alfresco swimming pools.
How to Get There
During the visit of allways great Tuscany we decided to stay in this superb rated and presented villa. Have to say that based on the photos of the state, gardens and rooms we were quite excited to get there. Have to say that the entrance gates gives you this historical greatness, but that was about it, unfortunatelly. The room was quite dissapointment. For pricy room like our was you would not expect the toilet watter to be constantly running and somehow woud be reasonable to have at least one window that can be opened for fresh air. So this was a big thumb down for comfort. Also there could be some cushions on garden furniture just to be able to enjoy comfortly. That was also kinda avkvard. Overall nothing big to complain, was ok, but we expected more. The staff was helpful and nice as it gets, nothing to say about that.
As a member of SLH (small luxury hotels of the world), it really is al luxury hotel. The room was very spacious and clean. Amazing view from the window, over the garden to the Tuscany landscape. 2 Swimmingpools, not too big, but very convenient when you come back from a visit to Florence. There is a free shuttle service (30-40 minutes) to and back from Florence. Staff is very friendly. The interior and exterior are beautifully renovated a couple of years ago. Breakfast is splendid and so is the cappuccino. Food and drink is quite expensive (54 euro's for a simple lunch for two persons) but the quality is high. When going back to Florence I would not doubt and book Villa le Maschere again instead of staying in the city.
A wonderful location. The impression formed when turning off the main road to enter the Villa grounds through the massive iron gates is that an adventure is about to begin. The place is impressive and wonderfully isolated. The rooms are luxurious and well appointed. Service is friendly and attentive but not intrusive. The hotel grounds are spacious and relaxing. Breakfast on the outdoor terrace is a great way to start the day. The restaurant is very good with a comprehensive selection of local wine, and many choices of local specialties. Not to be overlooked is that the hotel is only minutes away from the well-known Barberino Outlet Park where hours of retail therapy await the energetic shopper. We always choose the Villa le Maschere because it is close to the Mugello race track, and after a hard day on the track a short drive back to the Maschere and a relaxing dinner are just what is needed. Highly recommended. We will be back.
My wife and I stayed there for 2 nights as part of a longer visit to Florence. We combined it with a city centre hotel spending 2 nights at each venue. This was the perfect relax and recover location away from the hustle and bustle of Florence city centre which was only a 30 minute drive away. The hotel organises a free shuttle service to Florence so the option is there. We used the Villa to relax and chill out and it was perfect for this. Special praise for Andrea at the front desk - always helpful and attentive.
We stayed in Villa le Maschere for 3 nights, the second we parked the car the porter in a golf buggy greeted us and collected our bags. We hopped on the back and 30 seconds later he was opening the door for us and carrying in our bags. Very friendly and warm welcome from the staff on reception. First impressions are so important and they definitely exceeded our expectations upon arrival. The room overlooked the terrace and pool, loads of character and charm, it was clean, presentable and more than adequate for a few nights stay. They changed the bed linen after day 2 which was a pleasant surprise.
We have busy lives in UK so the purpose of the trip was to chill out and relax….and it certainly provided this. Pool area was very quiet, again spotlessly clean and noticed many maintenance staff busy working helping to keep the hotel looking amazing.
Excellent food in the restaurant especially dinner, fillet steak was incredible. Breakfast was also very good, cooked breakfast is better if earlier. Unrelated to the hotel, there is also a restaurant close by which was also very good if you fancy a change.
The grounds and outlook of the hotel are simply stunning, they keep them very well kept and is an amazing location in the green hills of Tuscany.
we stayed mid week so our review is based on a mid-week stay and my guess that it could be busier at the weekends thus the service levels may differ.
The Gym was rather basic for the hotel, more updated equipment is needed and ideally in a dedicated room with mirrors and music. Nevertheless, I believe it deserves its 5 star rating, nothing was too much trouble and we found the whole stay extremely enjoyable from start to finish.
Special thanks to Dario.